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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER The magnificent conclusion to Rick Atkinson's acclaimed Liberation Trilogy about the Allied triumph in Europe during World War II It is the twentieth century's unrivaled epic: at a staggering price, the United States and its allies liberated Europe and vanquished Hitler. In the first two volumes of his bestselling Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson recounted how the American-led coalition fought through North Africa and Italy to the threshold of victory. Now, in The Guns at Last Light, he tells the most dramatic story of all—the titanic battle for Western Europe. D-Day marked the commencement of the final campaign of the European war, and Atkinson's riveting account of that bold gamble sets the pace for the masterly narrative that follows. The brutal fight in Normandy, the liberation of Paris, the disaster that was Operation Market Garden, the horrific Battle of the Bulge, and finally the thrust to the heart of the Third Reich—all these historic events and more come alive with a wealth of new material and a mesmerizing cast of characters. Atkinson tells the tale from the perspective of participants at every level, from presidents and generals to war-weary lieutenants and terrified teenage riflemen. When Germany at last surrenders, we understand anew both the devastating cost of this global conflagration and the enormous effort required to win the Allied victory. With the stirring final volume of this monumental trilogy, Atkinson's accomplishment is manifest. He has produced the definitive chronicle of the war that unshackled a continent and preserved freedom in the West. One of The Washington Post's Top 10 Books of the Year A Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2013
The definitive chronicle of the Allied triumph in Europe during World War II, Rick Atkinson's Liberation Trilogy is now together in one boxed set From the War in North Africa to the Invasion of Normandy, the Liberation Trilogy recounts the hard fought battles that led to Allied victory in World War II. Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times bestselling author Rick Atkinson brings great drama and exquisite detail to the retelling of these battles and gives life to a cast of characters, from the Allied leaders to rifleman in combat. His accomplishment is monumental: the Liberation Trilogy is the most vividly told, brilliantly researched World War II narrative to date.
WARNING: This is not the actual book The Guns at Last Light by Rick Atkinson. Do not buy this Summary, Review & Analysis if you are looking for a full copy of this great book.We have already read The Guns at Last Light and pulled out some of the key points, and insights to give you a comprehensive chapter-by-chapter summary & review. In doing so, unfortunately we do not have the space to include all of the many important ideas and anecdotes found in The Guns at Last Light. To get it all, you should first order the full book. Packaged together in an engaging and easily digestible format, this concise summary & analysis works best as an unofficial guide or companion to read alongside the book. A SUMMARY OF RICK ATKINSON'S THE GUNS AT LAST LIGHT: THE WAR IN WESTERN EUROPE, 1944-1945 -- RICK ATKINSON The greatest armada ever assembled is poised to invade Normandy and liberate the continent from Nazi tyranny. They will have to battle a hardened and veteran German army and later on fanatical Nazi resistance as they approach and enter the Third Reich. Such a vast undertaking requires an extraordinary amount of materiel, superhuman logistical effort, meticulous planning and coordination, all to an extent never seen before in human history.War - in all its crudity, heroism, terror, and misery - is portrayed in this most epic of stories. Rick Atkinson skillfully weaves individual soldiers' stories with the grand strategy pursued by the different leaders of the belligerent powers.The Guns at Last Light is exceptionally even-handed and balanced. The portraits of the main commanders are insightful and objective. Their strengths and weaknesses are analyzed unsparingly, giving complete and nuanced portraits of famous generals. Eisenhower might not have been a great operational commander, but without his maturity, his patience, and his diplomatic and political skills, the alliance might have come unstuck with disastrous consequences. General Patton might have undertaken more daring and brilliant maneuvers, but most likely he would have broken up the alliance and endangered the war effort with his vainglorious demeanor, imprudence, and lack of tact. In this summary, you will discover that:* The German war effort proved incredibly resilient as, against generalized expectations, Germany did not surrender in 1944.* The most senior generals in the Wehrmacht were so beholden to Hitler that they subordinated even their most strongly held professional judgments to Hitler's will, acquiescing to a suicidal offensive they knew could not succeed.* Contrary to popular belief, both German and some American troops committed atrocities in killing unarmed and surrendering soldiers.* By the time World War II came to pass, the mechanization and mobility of troops, the key importance of air power, and the harnessing of scientific and technological knowhow, all of which required industrial might, were the determining factors in deciding wars.* The greatest conflagration known to mankind ended four centuries of European domination of the world and ushered in the American century.All this and much more!Apart from brilliantly chronicling the drama and vicissitudes of the life-and-death struggles of the contending armies in Western Europe, Atkinson demonstrates how the Allies' overwhelming advantage in men and especially the physical wherewithal to wage war sealed Nazi Germany's fate. The narrative is a fascinating tour de force.FROM START-TO-FINISH IN JUST 20 MINUTES!Here's your chapter-by-chapter guide to Rick Atkinson's The Guns at Last Light that you can start and finish right now!
The magnificent conclusion to Rick Atkinson’s acclaimed Liberation Trilogy about the Allied triumph in Europe during World War II It is the twentieth century’s unrivaled epic: at a staggering price, the United States and its allies liberated Europe and vanquished Hitler. In the first two volumes of his bestselling Liberation Trilogy, Rick Atkinson recounted how the American-led coalition fought through North Africa and Italy to the threshold of victory. Now he tells the most dramatic story of all—the titanic battle for Western Europe. D-Day marked the commencement of the final campaign of the European war, and Atkinson’s riveting account of that bold gamble sets the pace for the masterly narrative that follows. The brutal fight in Normandy, the liberation of Paris, the disaster that was Operation Market Garden, the horrific Battle of the Bulge, and finally the thrust to the heart of the Third Reich—all these historic events and more come alive with a wealth of new material and a mesmerizing cast of characters. Atkinson tells the tale from the perspective of participants at every level, from presidents and generals to war-weary lieutenants and terrified teenage riflemen. When Germany at last surrenders, we understand anew both the devastating cost of this global conflagration and the enormous effort required to win the Allied victory. With the stirring final volume of this monumental trilogy, Atkinson’s accomplishment is manifest. He has produced the definitive chronicle of the war that unshackled a continent and preserved freedom in the West. Review "A magnificent book… Though the story may seem familiar, I found surprising detail on every page… Atkinson’s account of D-Day is both masterly and lyrical… [He] is an absolute master of his material."—Max Hastings, The Wall Street Journal "[Atkinson] reconstructs the period from D-Day to V-E Day by weaving a multitude of tiny details into a tapestry of achingly sublime prose… With great sensitivity, Atkinson conveys the horrible reality of what soldiers had to become to defeat Hitler’s Germany."—The Washington Post "The same qualities that garnered Atkinson a Pulitzer Prize for An Army at Dawn—meticulous research married to masterful narrative—are apparent in The Guns at Last Light. The new book relates the oft-told (but never better) story of the war’s final year, from D-Day to the German surrender."—The Chicago Tribune "A terrific read… Atkinson never loses track of the men who fought the war. Mining their diaries and letters, he has produced an account that is achingly human."—The Miami Herald "Epic, set-piece battle sequences are balanced by deft portraiture. The Greatest Generation is nearly gone…. The Liberation Trilogy is the monument it deserves."—Vanity Fair "[An] extraordinary accomplishment. This is a beautifully written, moving account of one of the most bittersweet chapters in modern history… The details build a stunning and precise account of major movements—from Normandy to Paris, from the South of France to Grenoble—and close-up portraits of famous figures that make them living, breathing beings."—Smithsonian Magazine "Pulitzer Prize winner Rick Atkinson concludes his "Liberation Trilogy" (An Army at Dawn and The Day of Battle) with this outstanding survey of the final phase on the Western front of World War II."—The Christian Science Monitor "Atkinson’s zest for research and his evident devotion to hard facts never obscures the grace of his writing. The proof of that lies less in the many accolades and prizes (including a Pulitzer in history in 2003) than simply in the reading. Rare is a 600-page-plus history book that qualifies as a page turner."—Military History Magazine "Brilliant…Each volume [of the Liberation Trilogy] is characterized by superb research and fine writing. The high standard set in the prologue to the first volume carries through the epilogue to the last." —BG Harold W. Nelson, Army Magazine "Richly rewarding and beautifully crafted …With lyrical élan, [Atkinson] accurately and objectively tells the greatest story of our time, and does so with the general reader always in mind."— World War II Magazine "A marvelous capstone to a trilogy that will make Rick Atkinson to the U.S. Army in the European Theater of Operations what Shelby Foote is to the Civil War … Mr. Atkinson has a rare ability to combine a historian’s eye with a reporter’s pen to simultaneously provide a sweep and detail to combat that is both unique and enjoyable for the novice student and the hardiest grognard."—New York Journal of Books "Superb… Atkinson brings his Liberation Trilogy to a resounding close… An outstanding work of popular history, in the spirit of William Manchester and Bruce Catton."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review) "Superb… The book is distinguished by its astonishing range of coverage… [Atkinson’s] lively, occasionally lyric prose brings the vast theater of battle, from the beaches of Normandy deep into Germany, brilliantly alive. It is hard to imagine a better history of the western front’s final phase."—Publishers Weekly (starred review) "With a mastery of sources that support nearly every sentence, Atkinson achieves a military history with few peers as an overview of the 1944-45 campaigns in Western Europe."—Booklist "The book stands out from others on World War II because it successfully explores the fallibility of participants at all levels…This is not a detailed account of any one particular battle but a sweeping epic, yet it is packed with fascinating details. Highly recommended to all who read World War II history."—Library Journal About the Author Rick Atkinson is the bestselling author of An Army at Dawn (winner of the Pulitzer Prize for history), The Day of Battle, The Long Gray Line, In the Company of Soldiers, and Crusade. His many other awards include a Pulitzer Prize for journalism, the George Polk award, and the Pritzker Military Library Literature Award. A former staff writer and senior editor at The Washington Post, he lives in Washington, D.C.
The definitive chronicle of the Allied triumph in Europe during World War II, Rick Atkinson's Liberation Trilogy is now together in one boxed set From the War in North Africa to the Invasion of Normandy, the Liberation Trilogy recounts the hard fought battles that led to Allied victory in Second World War. Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times bestselling author Rick Atkinson brings great drama and exquisite detail to the retelling of these battles and gives life to a cast of characters, from the Allied leaders to military rifleman in combat. His accomplishment is monumental: the Liberation Trilogy is the most vividly told, brilliantly researched World War II narrative to date.
Adapted for young readers from the #1 New York Times-bestselling The Guns at Last Light, D-Day captures the events and the spirit of that day--June 6, 1944--the day that led to the liberation of western Europe from Nazi Germany's control. They came by sea and by sky to reclaim freedom from the occupying Germans, turning the tide of World War II. Atkinson skillfully guides his younger audience through the events leading up to, and of, the momentous day in this photo-illustrated adaptation. Perfect for history buffs and newcomers to the topic alike!
A middle reader adaptation of the best-selling The Guns at Last Light chronicles the history-shaping December 1944 attack on American Allied forces by the German army, tracing its course and the tens of thousands of casualties that resulted.

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